“A chilling literary horror novel about a young couple who purchase and live in a haunted house. Jac Jemc’s The Grip of It tells the eerie story of a young couple haunted by their new home.
Julie and James settle into a house in a small town outside the city where they met. The move—prompted by James’s penchant for gambling, his inability to keep his impulses in check—is quick and seamless; both Julie and James are happy to leave behind their usual haunts and start afresh. But this house, which sits between ocean and forest, has plans for the unsuspecting couple. As Julie and James try to settle into their home and their relationship, the house and its surrounding terrain become the locus of increasingly strange happenings. The architecture—claustrophobic, riddled with hidden rooms within rooms—becomes unrecognizable, decaying before their eyes. Stains are animated on the wall—contracting, expanding—and map themselves onto Julie’s body in the form of bruises; mold spores taint the water that James pours from the sink. Together the couple embark on a panicked search for the source of their mutual torment, a journey that mires them in the history of their peculiar neighbors and the mysterious residents who lived in the house before Julia and James.
Written in creepy, potent prose, The Grip of It is an enthralling, psychologically intense novel that deals in questions of home: how we make it and how it in turn makes us, mapping itself onto bodies and the relationships we cherish.”
Why I need it:
Who doesn’t love a classic haunted house story? I know I do.
Since reading The Shining a week or two ago I have been craving a good ghost story. The Shining novel was more psychological horror than a ghost story but thanks to the film it will always make me think of ghosts, so now I am in the mood for a good ghost story.
The cover also reminds me of The Boy Who Drew Monsters, which was one of the best horror novels that I read last year. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but if I see horror that is potentially mixed with childish themes it will go straight on my TBR list. I am a sucker for anything creepy involving children in any way. It is my horror catnip.
I have a personal reason for wanting to read a book about a haunted new house. I bought a house a few months ago and feel too comfortable in it. I need to give myself some nightmares. I also have a slight fear of undiscovered rooms in houses and according to the blurb this book has just that. I am always on a quest to find a novel that frightens me and this book ticks plenty of my potential fear boxes.
Perfect Summerween reading.
The Grip of It is scheduled for release on August 1st 2017